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This is probably the most extensive non-commercial blog about Coleus, ever.

I’ve loved these plants since I was a teen. Back then, I was only aware of a few varieties, and I only tried growing them indoors to disastrous results inside the house my parents kept purposely chilly. Now there’s literally hundreds. I buy new ones every summer, and recently have been able to get a great many of them to overwinter inside (we live in a zone 4) so we can enjoy them for years to come.

Up until a few years ago, I would always throw out the nametags when I purchased a plant. I didn’t want those plastic things getting in the way. I realized how foolish this was, and now I always keep them with the plant so I can keep track of the varieties I have. I know I have some that are several years old.

I don’t sell Coleus myself, this is just a hobby. Most Coleus cultivars are patented, so propagation for profit is not allowed anyway. However, my husband does sell Cactus through his website Windowsill Cactus, in case you’re interested.

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6 thoughts on “About

  1. Stunned! Love your website as another Coleus collector. Lovely images. Only 33 of about 1600 known Coleus cultivars are actually patented in the US, just 10 of those very popular now. Some are trademarked so use of the name in another thing. If the trademark is not registered (easy to check at uspto.gov), one can sell 99% or more Coleus seen in the US with no issues under their original TM names. Even if the series is a registered (R) trademark like STAINED GLASSWORKS(R) or UNDER THE SEA(R) the cultivar name after it is almost never registered, making it free for use. ‘Lime Shrimp’ is neither patented nor trademarked if you leave the UNDER THE SEA(R) bit out. Big commercial nurseries like to confuse growers on these legal issues. Root ’em, sell ’em, and prosper!

  2. Thanks for that info, Larry! If I do decide to sell them, I would feel funny about selling cultivars that already exist, even under a different name (as an artist, I have dealt with copyright infringement a lot on the internet with my own work, so I wouldn’t want to make money off of someone else’s hybrids…just an ethical thing with me). But I am strongly thinking about propagating my own hybrids if I can develop some. So far, I have some that started by accident that I’m growing over the winter that I’ve never seen the likes of before commercially and am thinking of selling them if I can do that logistically without an actual greenhouse.

  3. Hi again. We raised a few funds (still working lean on a shoestring) and some talent to launch a Coleus society and most importantly a worldclass digital cultivar registration system and a preliminary register detailing 1341 cultivars. After viewing our progress, the RHS has invited us to apply for ISHS/ICRA sanctioned cultivar registration and that is going to be a massive project but one that the genus Coleus deserves. Not trying to spam anyone here but http://www.cultivar.org has a link to COLEUS CENTRAL(tm) with lots of free and paid content where this project is being managed. All the help and publicity we can get is so, so, very welcome. Could we work with you in describing your beautiful, unique hybrids as they mature and become available? Like your choice of names! (Last day of frost next week, April 10, have dozens of Coleus to pot out in our Raleigh NC garden…can’t wait.)

  4. Sure, but I don’t know if I’ll have many available if at all. Will need to get to the end of May to see how they are progressing and to see if they are truly hybrids or if they are perhaps actually something else that already exists (but just looked different over the winter). I don’t really have actual plans to sell anything at the moment. It’s still abnormally cold where I live and won’t be able to put them outside until the end of May. Maybe even June the way this year is going!

  5. Dear Ann! Thank you a lot for your blog! May be you have begun to sell your coleus plants? I would be very glad to buy them. I love coleus very much. My father kept some and then died, so I found them and began to grow just to remember my father. Then I loved them. I’m from Russia. Wait for your answer, thanks.

    • Hi Larisa, it’s good to have something to remember your father by, and what could be better than beautiful plants? I’m sorry, but I don’t sell my plants. It’s only a hobby for me. Even if I did sell them, I would not be able to ship them internationally, as certain regulations prohibit it without the purchase of a very expensive license. I wish you luck with finding coleus plants in Russia. You might want to try to buy some seeds, as they are fairly easy to germinate.

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